Bhagwan’s Best IPAJuly 1, 2002 Seattle, WA
Big Time Brewing Company Seattle, WA Available: WA This beer comes from the Seattle’s original and oldest brewpub. Bhagwan’s was among the first of the northwestern IPAs. It is brewed with 5% Munich malt, a little bit of crystal, and a lot of Chinook, Cascade, and Centennial hops. Alcohol by weight: 5.6 Color: 7 Bitterness: 60 Gravity: 1059
Surely one of the most limited production beers to be tasted here, Bhagwan's Best is also one of the finest, the result of head-brewer Kevin Forhan's love affair with traditional IPAs. Big and bountiful, there is a beautiful balance of bitterness and barley malt. Each sense: sight--bright orange; smell--flowers, herbs and treacle; taste--earthy and herbaceous; and aftertaste--warm and lingering, provides proof that the big Bhagwan in the sky loves us and want to make us happy. Although it begs for spicy Indian food, for a real religious experience pair it with Niman Ranch sustainably-grown pastrami sandwiches, Gus's half-dill Kosher pickles, and, halvah with pistachios.
- Charles Finkel
The aroma is everything you ever expected from a classic American Northwestern IPA. And so is the flavor! Fruity, big, bold, citrusy-like hop flavors and a complexity that bedazzles. This is a classic "American-India" Pale Ale. Clean, refreshing, assertive hop flavors dominate, yet do not clobber the palate. Great beer with food and all by itself
- Charlie Papazian
Luscious orange color with a tight head of foam. The color predicts the aroma: big orange jello fruitiness balanced by delectable juicy malt. Tart fruit and spicy/peppery hops dominate the palate, while the finish is intensely bitter, with an iron-like hoppiness balanced by delicious tart fruit and mellow malt. A quenching beer, with a skilful balance of malt, hops and fruit.
- Roger Protz
Founder of Merchant du Vin and the Pike Brewing Co., Charles Finkel is a pioneer in the marketing of craft beers in America.
Author of the New Complete Joy of Homebrewing, founder of the Great American Beer Festival and a Beer Examiner at www.examiner.com, Papazian is a leading voice in beer and brewing.
Roger Protz is the author of Complete Guide to World Beer and 300 Beers to Try Before You Die. He is a respected beer authority and editor of the CAMRA Good Beer Guide.